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Well, if you’re a true petrolhead you need to check out Singer, a California company restoring 911’s to fantastic, beautyful and expensive emeralds. Founded in 2009 by Rob Dickinson, a Los Angeles-based Brit with a degree in product design, a successful career as a rock musician and a life-long love of old-school Porsches, Singer Vehicle Design and the cars it creates are the physical embodiment of his all-consuming vision of the perfect 911.
Their customers supply a fully road legal 1989-1994 Porsche 911 Coupe or Targa for the basis of restoration and varying degrees of modification. When the work is complete the car retains its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), odometer reading and is legally registered, operated and licensed in the same manner. The cars are comprehensively disassembled and all bodywork to be replaced is removed from the car. The monocoque (unibody) is media-blasted to bare metal and then treated for rust prevention. The carbon fiber bodywork is constructed from premium ‘pre-preg’ carbon fiber and is vacuum bagged and baked to a temperature of over 250 degrees in a pressurized kiln. These are true carbon fiber parts made to motorsport specifications in an aerospace environment, benefiting from attributes of extreme strength and light weight.
Engines are completely disassembled then meticulously blueprinted, balanced and hand-built using new or state of the art components. Customers are offered a choice of three engines, each with a unique output and character, designed to match the dynamics of their car.
- The 300BHP 3.8L engine is comprehensively rebuilt and blueprinted for maximum efficiency. It retains the standard Bosch Motronic engine management system, exhaust and ancillaries,therefore retains the engine’s original emission calibration.
- The 350BHP 3.8L normally aspirated, Porsche flat-six engine was developed in partnership with race-engine manufacturer Cosworth. It is hand-built in California by Ed Pink Racing Engines to exact tolerances, and benefits from state-of-the-art breakthroughs in intake design, cylinder head, piston, cylinder and rod design, plus fuel injection and engine management advances. A wonderful compromise between a high-revving, high horsepower Porsche racing engine and a torque rich, tractabledurable engine for the road. An optional nickel plated Air intake plenum is available for the 3.8L.
- The 390BHP 4.0-liter engine grew from the DNA of the 3.8L Cosworth engine and has been meticulously developed by the engineers at Ed Pink Racing Engines to create the ultimate incarnation of the normally aspirated flat-six. With a 7,200 RPM redline this engine is a monster in the best sense of the word and imbued with heroic levels of torque – around 315lb/ft, and thrilling peak power output tantalizing close to 400hp. As with all their engines it retains the case of the 964 and employs a bespoke crankshaft, oil pump, pistons, cylinders, connecting rods, cams, cylinder heads, throttle bodies and intake system. Performance is extreme with 60mph and 100mph arriving in sub 3.3 seconds and 8.2 seconds respectively.
They have meticulously researched and blended 75 colors which complement the classic curves of the car and recall some of the vivid hues pioneered in the 1960s and 70s. These are all available at no extra charge. Singer uses only the finest Sikkens or PPG color-bases and clear-coats, ensuring a beautiful and durable finish.
The vehicle comes with a bespoke interior that recalls the 1960s and 70s, the golden age of early car décor. Huge attention to detail has been paid to present an interior rich in ambiance and finished with exquisite details. This interior treatment can be personalized in a number of different ways through the selection of certain optional materials and fittings. These items can alter the character of the interior towards a luxury or sporting intent or indeed any combination of the two.
The Singer vehicle uses newly developed 17’’ forged aluminum wheels in the style of the iconic Fuchs wheels designed in the 1960s. These wheels are extremely strong and lightweight. Wheel Sizes: 9”x17’’ front and 11”x17’’ rear. The wheels can be specified in a number of special nickel plated or anodized and painted finishes all based on the iconic Fuchs wheels fitted to the 1973 sport and racing models. Tires are 225/45 x 17 front and 265/40 x 17 rear Michelin Pilot Sport PS2.
Check out this video and visit Singer at www.singervehicledesign.com